Quad Citians get their hands dirty for Day of Cari

Published 08/20 2014 05:12PM

Updated 08/20 2014 06:21PM

It's a day to give back.

All across the Quad Cities 2600 volunteers are getting their hands dirty for the United Way Day of Caring.

It was a lot of work and a lot of fun for a group of missman inc and estes construction employees, coming together today to spruce up a Skip-A-Long Child Development Center.

"You know with a lot of hands you can get a lot of stuff done," said Volunteer Rich Parsons from Missman Inc.

They weeded, they mulched, they painted, and they laughed.

"It's a lot of fun, and you know we have a good time doing it," said Parsons.

"It's kind of a good bonding thing for us. So we can sit down and have lunch this afternoon, and talk about what we did today," said Volunteer Meghan Enright from Estes Construction.

While it's also a chance to get out of the office, volunteers say the Day of Caring is a chance to make a difference.

Rich Parsons:

"Giving back to people that need and stuff just it's, it's really a good feeling," said Parsons.

And according to skip a long leaders, that's exactly what they did.

"It's going to save us a lot of money. And it's really um, it's a huge impact for us to see how much the community cares about organizations like ours that work with the United Way," said Liz Strader, Skip-A-Long Communications Manager.

Not only improving the facility, but putting a smile on kids faces.

"I saw those kids earlier on they're just cute as buttons and you know this is like a big deal for them," said Parsons.

"You know it's exciting, and you know, it's rewarding to see this many people in the quad cities giving back," said Enright.

This year’s Day of Caring had the most volunteers ever.

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